Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The fruit of Ramadhan


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

The ustaz at Masjid Khalid Al-Walid tonight talked about nafs mutmainnah as one of the fruits of Ramadhan. It is the outcome of having taqwa, as a result of the intensive training undertaken in Ramadhan. He said we should by now ask ourselves, are we at nafs amarah, do we belong with the people who commits transgressions willfully and yet feel not guilty about it? Are we at nafs lawammah, one who struggles in being obedient and realizes his wrong doings afterwards? Are we at nafs mulhimmah, a soul that is inclined to do much good? Or can we say we have attained nafs mutmainnah? One upon whom Allah is pleased and one who is well pleased with the Lord - the only soul who will be invited to Jannah. Indeed, we should be aiming for nafs mutmainnah.

We are now at the stage of Ramadhan when we should sprint to the finishing line. It is also akin to playing in the "injury time" or extra time where we should feel more pressured and encouraged to give our best. To complete the number of days to fast, to fulfill the requirements of fasting before the time comes for us to glorify Allah. Eid, the day we are all counting down to and so eager to meet is the day or time time meant for glorification of Allah. It's the time to magnify our Creator, the time to say the phrases of takbir. Allahu Akbar, Allah Hu Akbar wa lillah hil hamd.

May Allah forgive me and my shortcomings this Ramadhan so far. May Allah forgive us. May we sprint to the end of Ramadhan in the way that is pleasing to the Lord. Ameen.

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